The Wilson Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, Winter

After Annapolis
ONE WEEK AFTER NOVEMBER'S ANNAPOLIS Conference on Middle East peace, Sallai Meridor, Israel's ambassador to the United States, and Afif Safieh, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mission to the United States, came to the Wilson Center...
At Odds over Architecture
THE SOURCE: "America's Favorite Buildings" by Witold Rybczynski, in Wharton Real Estate Review, Fall 2007. WHEN IT COMES TO GOOD architecture, the public and the professionals don't always see eye to eye, but just how rarely they agree is disquieting....
Brooklyn Dodgers
THE SOURCE: "Wonder Bread" by Melvin Jules Bukiet, in The American Scholar, Autumn 2007. A WARM-AND-FUZZY COX HAS infected Brooklyn, New York's newly hip borough. There, a clique of extremely successful young writers has taken up residence and begun...
Chinese Chardonnay?
THE SOURCE: "Market Focus: Wine Wars" by Philip Martin, in The Milken Institute Review, Fourth Quarter, 2007. OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, one industry after another has abandoned the West for the world's developing countries. Now, a product that...
Cuba's Race Problem
THE SOURCE: "The Erosion of Racial Equality. in the Context of Cuba's Dual Economy" by Sarah A. Blue, in Latin American Politics and Society, Fall 2007. IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution to have a dramatic impact on race relations...
Developing Victories
Let's celebrate for a moment the great victory that's being won over poverty in the developing world, where the share of the population living on less than $1 a day tumbled from 40 percent to 18 percent between 1981 and 2004. But only for a moment....
East Egg Moves West
SOURCE: "The Right Side of the Tracks: Affluent Neighborhoods in the Metropolitan United States" by Barrett A. Lee and Matthew Marlay, in Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 88 (3), 2007. SOCIAL SCIENTISTS HAVE chronicled nearly every possible aspect...
Geezers on the Court
THE SOURCE: "Where Have You Gone, Sherman Minton? The Decline of the Short-Term Supreme Court Justice" by Justin Crowe and Christopher F. Karpowitz, in Perspectives on Politics, Sept. 2007. ARE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES staying on the bench so long...
How Frankenstein Came to Life
THE SOURCE: "Who Wrote Frankenstein?" by Jonathan Gross, in The Common Review, Fall 2007. YOU'VE HEARD THE ARGUMENT before: How could a Stratford grain hoarder and a tube who didn't own books possibly be the real Shakespeare? The answer, according...
Lite Food, Heavy Eaters: Children of Jared
"As the popularity of healthier menus increases, so does the weight of many Americans," Pierre Chandon and Brian Wansink write in the Journal of Consumer Research (October 2007). One culprit, it seems, is those healthier menus. In an experiment...
Moving On: Whether in Covered Wagons or Station Wagons, Americans Have Always Hit the Road, Driven by the Belief That a Better Life Lies over the Hill and around the Bend
MOVING IS ONE OF LIFE'S MOST STRESSFUL, TIME-CONSUMING, and expensive experiences. It's also a sacred American rite, our version of the ancestral adventures of immigration and the frontier. Unless prompted by disaster of one sort or another, moving...
New York, Immigration 101
THE SOURCE: "How Exceptional Is New York? Migration and Multiculturalism in the Empire City" by Nancy Foner, in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Nov. 2007. To UNDERSTAND HOW NEW York differs from other cities in the way it deals with immigration, look...
Not Catholic Enough?
THE SOURCES: "The Faculty 'Problem'" by Wilson D. Miscamble, in America, Sept. 10, 2007, and "Catholic Enough? Religious Identity at Notre Dame" by John T. McGreevy, in Commonweal, Sept. 28, 2007. NOBODY REACHES FOR THE smelling salts when a college...
Not So High in Vietnam
THE SOURCE: "The Myth of the Addicted Army': Drug Use in Vietnam in Historical Perspective" by Jeremy Kuzmarov, in War and Society, Oct. 2007. MORE THAN 30 YEARS AFTER THE U.S. military pulled out of Saigon, last year's popular movie American Gangster...
Ordeal in Iran: An Interview with Haleh Esfandiari
On December 30, 2006, Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Wilson Center's Middle East Program, was stopped and robbed on her way to the Tehran airport. Trapped in Iran without a passport, she was interrogated by intelligence agents almost daily for six...
Pakistan Picaresque: A Surreal Encounter in an Islamabad Office Reveals in an Instant Why Billions of Dollars Spent on Aid to Pakistan Have Made So Little Difference in the Lives of the Country's Poor
FOR OUR MEETING WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE Pakistan Nursing Council, we arrived punctually at a small two-room office tucked away in a corner of the National Institute of Health's campus in Islamabad. In the center of one room was a table covered with...
Postcommunist Shuffle
THE SOURCE: "Rose, Orange, and Tulip: The Failed Post-Soviet Revolutions" by Theodor Tudoroiu, in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Sept. 2007. STARTING IN 2003, WHEN democracy seemed to be spreading to the most improbable nations, revolutions...
Safer Than 'Nam
THE SOURCE: "Mortality of American Troops in the Iraq War" by Emily Buzzell and Samuel H. Preston, in Population and Development Review, Sept. 2007. IT DIDN'T TAKE A CREATIVE Hollywood scriptwriter to manufacture the dangers of operating a flamethrower...
Snows of Kilimanjaro
THE SOURCE: "The Shrinking Glaciers of Kilimanjaro: Can Global Warming Be Blamed?" by Philip W. Mote and Georg Kaser, in American Scientist, July-Aug. 2007. STARTLING BEFORE-AND-AFTER images of the retreating glacier on Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro...
Stay Inside the Box
THE SOURCE: "Breakthrough Thinking From Inside the Box" by Kevin P. Coyne, Patricia Gorman Clifford, and Renee Dye, in Harvard Business Review, Dec. 2007. YOU'RE IN A BIG BRAINSTORMING meeting. The CEO is in charge, so you don't intend to say a...
The Brain: A Mindless Obsession: Despite Stunning Advances in Neuroscience and Bold Claims of Revelations from New Brain-Scan Technologies, Our Knowledge about the Brain's Role in Human Behavior Is Still Primitive
A TEAM OF AMERICAN RESEARCHERS ATTRACTED national attention last year when they announced results of a study that, they said, reveal key factors that will influence how swing voters cast their ballots in the upcoming presidential election. The researchers...
The Checkers Terminator
THE SOURCE: "Checkers Is Solved" by Jonathan Schaeffer, Neil Burch, Yngvi Bjornsson, Akihiro Kishimoto, Martin Muller, Robert Lake, Paul Lu, and Steve Sutphen, in Science, Sept. 14, 2007. MARION TINSLEY, THE GREATEST checkers player who ever lived,...
The Coming Revolution in Africa: Even as Headlines Bring Grim News of Misery, Disease, and Death in Africa, an Agricultural Transformation Is Lifting Tens of Millions of People out of Poverty. A Rising Generation of Small Farmers Promises Not Only to Put Food on the African Table but to Fundamentally Change the Continent's Economic and Political Life
THE HEAT IS DEADENING. AFTER A MORNING PICKING cotton on the side of a hill, Souley Madi, wearing a knock-off Nike T-shirt and thongs made from discarded tires, staggers down a steep slope, a heavy bag of cotton bolls on his back Reaching his small...
The Downside of Diversity
THE SOURCES: "E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-First Century" by Robert D. Putnam, in Scandinavian Political Studies, June 2007, and "Bowling with Others" by James Q. Wilson, in Commentary, Oct. 2007. FEW CONCEPTS ARE MORE...
The False Promise of Recycling
THE SOURCE: "Curbside Recycling in the Presence of Alternatives" by Timothy K. M. Beatty, Peter Berck, and Jay P. Shimshack, in Economic Inquiry, Oct. 2007. THE THREATENED CATACLYSM of global warming has eclipsed the environmental battles over bottle...
The Limits of Liberal Islam
THE SOURCE: "The Politics of God" by Mark Lilla, in The New York Times Magazine, Aug. 19, 2007. TO MANY AMERICANS, THE rise of militant Islamism is inexplicable. Why can't Muslims keep polities separate from religion? Behind that question, says...
The Micromagic of Microcredit: The Millions of Tiny Loans Microcredit Banks Make to the World's Poor Do Not Work the Miracles Some Advocates Claim. but like the Wizard of Oz, Microcredit Does Not Need to Be Magic to Do a Great Deal of Good
MICROCREDIT HAS STAR POWER. IN 2006, THE Nobel Committee called it "an important liberating force" and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Muhammad Yunus, the "godfather of microcredit." The actress Natalie Portman is a believer too; she advocates support...
The Religious Shall Multiply
THE SOURCE: "Failing Human Fertility and the Future of the Family" by Philip Longman, in The Family in America, July 2007. THERE'S HEAVY COMPETITION for the biggest threat of the 21st century, what with terrorism, global warming, and the proliferation...
Time for Plan B
THE SOURCE: "The Case for Restraint" by Barry IL Posen, in American Interest, Nov.-Dec. 2007. THE BICKERING OVER THE Iraq war has obscured the bigger truth about U.S. foreign policy, writes Barry R. Posen, a political scientist at the Massachusetts...
Uppity Abigail
THE SOURCE: "Abigail Adams, Bond Speculator" by Woody Holton, in William and Mary Quarterly, Oct. 2007. IN 1783, AS FUTURE PRESIDENT John Adams, in Pads, wrapped up the treaty ending the Revolutionary War, and his wife, Abigail, managed the family...